The Jewels of Highlands County
  • There are 27 beautiful fresh water lakes within 7 miles of Lake Placid

  • Our largest lake is Lake Istokpoga at 27,692 acres

  • Lake Istokpoga was groomed as a premier fishing lake

             This fascinating mural vividly displays our most treasured resource – dozens of lakes sprinkled across our county, each of them flashing under the bright sunshine like a diamond.  Within seven miles of where you stand and among gently rolling hills lie 27 of these beautiful lakes.  The smallest is Buck Lake at 10 acres, the largest, 27,692 acre Lake Istokpoga, only a short drive east on County Road 621.

            This mural draws you into our heritage and history built on these shores.  Not that long ago, Indians fished and traveled on these lakes.  These days, thousands of people come from all directions to share what our native residents once had all to themselves. 

            Blessed with two summer seasons—mild months October through April and warmer months May through September—visitors and residents alike enjoy boating, fishing, water-skiing and wave running  Thanks to our southern climes, these treasures are always buoyantly ready to lift anyone’s spirits.

            While you enjoy our jewels, LAKEWATCH volunteers throughout the county monitor lake quality.  A long list of agencies work cooperatively in a lakes management program, which is unique in all of Florida.

            The mission of both the Mural Society and these agencies and volunteers is preserving this fragile and appealing treasure for generations to come
Artist Location Size Sponsor Note Audio
Keith Goodson Masonic Lodge, N. Main Avenue

34 feet wide by 13 ˝ feet high


The Highlands County Lakes Association together with Lake Placid Marine and Boat Corral – New Mural 2006 Replaced by Walgreens


COMPLETED: April 2006

Find the Indian, The Frog, and the Squirrel.


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